With a score of 225, Scott McCutcheon and MC Gunner took the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Prime Time Championship. McCutcheon was riding the 4-year-old stallion for long-time friend and customer Jack Covington.
"He was awesome today - he was really solid today. I was sixth on him here last year in the Intermediate Open, and he's just a really nice horse," McCutcheon explained following the awards ceremony, at which he received the check for $1,950, a trophy saddle from the NRBC, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, NRBC crystal trophies, and product from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies and M3 Products.
MC Gunner is by National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Sire Gunner, and out of Mi Mega. "I actually showed Mi Mega here at placed third in the Intermediate Open, and Jack made the Non Pro finals on her. This horse is from really good families on both sides," McCutcheon said.
Covington added, "This horse was at my house when my wife, Audrey, had some health issues. I told Scott that if he would like to partner with me on him to come pick him up - and we've been pleased with him ever since."
Jamie Bissell earned the Open Prime Time Reserve Championship on West Coast Willie, a 6-year-old stallion by West Coast Whiz out of Cinderella Solano. The pair marked a 222.5 to win $1,350 for owner John Jackson.
The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just fourteen years, the NRBC has grown to include nearly 200 subscribed stallions. Annually, the payout at the National Reining Breeders Classic exceeds $1.4 million. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.